Stuart McLauchlan, a member of the pro-amalgamation lobby group, A Better Hawke's Bay, appears set to throw his hat into the ring for the Napier mayoralty.
While he was not prepared to give a firm yes or no, he does have the backing of the group.
"At this stage all I can confirm is that I have been contacted by some who would like me to consider a political career," he said.
"I certainly have an interest given my past and present voluntary roles - I am considering all this at the moment."
Mr McLauchlan is a managing partner with legal firm Langley Twigg, which he joined in 1997, and is a past president of the Chamber of Commerce.
He is currently chairman of the economic development agency, Business Hawke's Bay.
Before taking on a legal career he worked in the IT industry and has a strong interest in information technology and e-commerce.
Another leading member of the Napier business community, Simon Tremain, had thought about having a crack at the mayoralty job himself, but said with his range of business interests and a family of four he would not be able to devote the time the position required.
He had instead put his backing and support behind Mr McLauchlan, who he was confident could carry out the role.
"I've known Stuart for a long time and he could certainty do it. He is a leader and I believe he can take this city into the future."
Like Mr McLauchlan, Mr Tremain is also a supporter of amalgamation.
"A lot of people do not have the drive and the passion for a job like this, but he has.
"He has business acumen and he is a leader in the community, and he is very much the man on the street ... You'll see him around and about at times in his jeans."
The only confirmation for the mayoralty chase at this time is councillor John Cocking.
"I have the experience, ability and passion to carry on the excellent work of the retiring mayor, Barbara Arnott," Mr Cocking said. A qualified accountant, he has 20 years' experience working in local bodies in the UK and New Zealand.
"I will bring both expertise and common sense to the council table."
He said he was passionate about the city, having lived here for 31 years, and promoting it through his character, "Bertie".
On the debate over amalgamation, he said he was committed to supporting what is best for Napier.